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News Items – RCN and China

April 26, 2018 - 11:57 am in Uncategorized

Some brief news items on events in the GKv (RCN) and in China: Mary on Palm Sunday André van Aarle, a Roman Catholic deacon, will be in Groningen on Palm Sunday to lead a combined PKN / GKv[1] church service! [That our GKv (RCN) sister churches should have…

Australia Day

January 26, 2018 - 12:42 pm in Uncategorized

Today, January 26th, is celebrated as Australia Day. It commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of British ships in 1788 and the settlement of Australia—up…

Two Communities

October 14, 2017 - 9:52 am in Meditations, Uncategorized

“No one likes be made an object of ridicule. No one likes to be hated and attacked. People were made by God to live in communion and we instinctively…

How the Gold has Lost its Lustre!

October 3, 2017 - 10:15 am in Uncategorized

The following article is about the present situation in the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands – liberated (RCN or GKv). How the gold has lost its lustre, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.  (Lamentations…

‘Same-sex Marriage’

July 13, 2017 - 10:52 am in Daily Life, Politics, Uncategorized

Australians are confronted with a relentless push for ‘same-sex marriage’. ARPA[i] is urging its members to email Federal Members of Parliament and Senators. As an example of what to write, it provides the following suggestions: “The Bible defines marriage…

Understanding Terminology

July 5, 2017 - 11:07 am in Uncategorized

“I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.” (John Calvin) Recently I was privileged to have a lively discussion on the difference between what we call the "Arminian" and "Reformed" theology. I contended that the…

Next step for GKv: unity with NRC

Once a church takes steps in a certain direction it is often hard to change course. We see an example of that in the matter of women in office. When our Dutch sister churches, the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (GKv), appointed a committee to study that…

Korea addresses Synod Meppel

June 14, 2017 - 11:55 am in Uncategorized

The Kosin Presbyterian Church in Korea addressed the RCN (GKv) general synod at Meppel 7 April 2017. Their observations about the difference between reformed and evangelical is particularly pertinent. What follows is Dr Hoo’s address. Esteemed members of…

More than a Synod Decision

This article by Rev E Heres of the DGK[i] shows that although there is much focus on whether the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (GKv)[ii] will decide to allow women in office, this issue is just the tip of the iceberg. The underlying problem is the new…

Sport and Play

March 24, 2016 - 9:58 am in Uncategorized

We live in a country wherein, as in so many other countries, sport plays a prominent part. Its appeal is reflected in the broad coverage given it in the media, in the variety of sports magazines and even in the increasing focus given it in today’s school…